In less than just over 24 hours, Real Madrid will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup in Finland. Los Blancos have won the prestigious trophy four times, but a win tomorrow would see them take their tally on par with Barcelona and AC Milan.
The last time Los Blancos participated in the Super Cup was in 2018, when they lost 4-2 to Atletico Madrid in Estonia. Four years later, the team will look to change the result and come out on top.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press ahead of the awaited game and covered topics ranging from his thoughts on the opposition to the starting lineup on the night. Here are the snippets from the manager’s press conference as revealed on Real Madrid’s official social media handle.
The Italian coach first acknowledged the strength of his opponents on the night and revealed his thoughts on their Europa League win last season.
“Eintracht deserved to win the Europa League. They beat strong teams.”
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the only top European clubs to win a sextuple in recent history. When asked about the possibility of Real Madrid winning all six titles this season, Ancelotti replied,
“It’s possible. We will fight for all the competitions. It’s gonna be very tough but we will try.”
The manager then spoke about the quality in the squad and was confident about pulling off a favourable result against Eintracht.
“I have faith in my team. We have a better squad now than last season.”
Despite being initially linked with over five world-class players in the transfer market, Los Blancos signed only Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger. Ancelotti spoke about the new additions in the squad and what was expected of them.
“We have signed two players who have improved our squad. Rudiger and Tchouameni bring quality and power to this team.”
Real Madrid’s pursuit of a new backup striker has been the talk of the town in recent weeks. However, the manager played down the rumours and elucidated that it was not a priority.
“He’s irreplaceable right now. But we have Rodrygo, Asensio and Hazard.”
Surprisingly, Ancelotti then revealed the starting lineup for the Super Cup clash and confirmed that the new signings would not be taking part.
“The team who won the Champions League will start tomorrow.”
The interview then proceeded towards the direction of his managerial career. Ancelotti did not hesitate to call the last season the best of his career before revealing the reason for the same.
“I think last season has been the best season of my career. I had never won the league and the Champions League together.”
Finally, the interview concluded with the Real Madrid manager’s thoughts on the opposition and their recent demolition by Bayern Munich.
“I watched the Eintracht game against Bayern. They’re a dynamic team that we know very well. To beat them you have to fight and fight.”
Real Madrid midfielder receives huge praise from ex-Barcelona star: “Has no limits”
Speaking in a recent interview with Fichajes.com (h/t GOAL), former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni, while also revealing that he recommended the Catalans to sign him in the past.
Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid this past summer in a deal worth €80 million plus €20 million in add-ons. Following Casemiro’s departure, he was thrust into the limelight right away by Carlo Ancelotti and the 22-year-old has not put a foot wrong since arriving.
Indeed, Tchouameni has become a key player for Ancelotti’s side and is currently starring at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with France.
Now, Fabregas, who had played with Tchouameni at AS Monaco in the past, has hailed the youngster, stating that there are no limits to what he can achieve.
During the chat, he also revealed that he had recommended Tchouameni’s signing to Barcelona but finances prohibited any move from happening.
“Yes, it’s true that I spoke to Barça about Aurelién. They wanted to start preparing the succession of Sergio Busquets and for me he was the perfect player. It was at a time when Barça were short of money and I don’t think they could offer more than €40 million,” he said.
“Then he signed for Real Madrid, he’s a permanent fixture there and he’s essential in the French national team. For me, Aurélien has no limits.”
Opening up on the first time he saw Tchouameni in action, Fabregas added: “I quickly realised he was not a player like the others. The first time I saw him was during a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux with Monaco.
“I was on the bench and I was impressed with his performance. They beat us and I remember asking one of our assistants: “but who is this Bordeaux midfielder?”, he reminisced.
Fabregas also revealed that he was close with Tchouameni and the youngster sought advice from the former Arsenal captain, saying:
“I spoke a lot with Aurélien, we exchanged a lot of opinions, even when he came to the France national team. He asked me for a lot of advice about my career at clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and FC Barcelona,” he said.